Scotty McCreery Releases Tribute to George Strait ‘Damn Strait,’ Listen Now

by Lauren Boisvert

Scotty McCreery has done it again, releasing another single before his album Same Truck drops this Friday. The track is titled “Damn Strait” and is a heartbroken tribute to George Strait’s music and all the times certain songs have been ruined for us by a breakup.

Scotty’s song references such classic George Strait hits as “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her”, “Marina Del Rey”, and “Baby Blue”. The song paints a picture of a relationship ended and the scars that music can leave on you when you associate it with a certain time or person in your life.

Surprisingly, “Damn Strait” is one of two songs on Same Truck that Scotty McCreery didn’t write himself. The song was written by Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins, but Scotty knew it was for him as soon as he heard it. He’s been known to credit George Strait as one of his influences, stating, “The first country music concert I ever went to was George Strait, Reba, and Lee Ann Womack. When I saw that show, I said, ‘I’m gonna do that one day.'”

And here he is now, a new album on the way and singles climbing the country music charts. His single “You Time” currently sits at number 4. His 5th studio album, Same Truck, drops on Friday, September 17. McCreery has been putting out albums since 2011’s Clear as Day, which he recorded after winning the 10th season of American Idol.

George Strait’s Influence on Scotty McCreery’s Music

George Strait didn’t find his true calling in country music until he was stationed in Hawaii with the Army. He consumed Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, and George Jones, and was introduced to country swing through Bob Wills. To be influenced by George Strait is to be influenced by classic country, honky-tonk, country swing, and dance-hall music.

Strait let his Texas accent come through in his music, but didn’t take it over the top; Scotty McCreery does the same thing with his own North Carolina twang. It sneaks through when he sings, but it doesn’t punch you in the face. It’s subtle, and soothing to listen to.

Strait blended traditional country with an early 80s-90s contemporary sound, and there have been few able to replicate it. Scotty McCreery comes close; when you listen to his music, you can tell George Strait is a huge influence. There’s a little bit of old-school country in McCreery’s music that fills his songs out nicely. McCreery has also cited Elvis as an influence, comparing their lives before fame living in a small town. His sound also resembles Conway Twitty; deep and soulful and twangy. With his resonating sound and relatable lyrics, Scotty McCreery honestly has the makings of a down-home country superstar.